Cucumber beetles killing everything

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They killed the cucumbers. Now they are starting with the okra and greenbeans.

I need something that wont kill bees. Any suggestions? Im pretty close to fogging the place with ddt
 

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You could try a mixture of neem oil for nymphs and eggs, seeped hot peeper & garlic (the hotter the better) for adults and good ole Palmolive original (green) for good measure.

If they have already destroyed your cukes chances are high your going to need multiple applications over several days maybe even a week to kill them off. Its best to treat for them early in the season when you see the first signs of those little yellow & black stripped bastards.

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Ill give it a shot
 

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I use permethrin or spinosad if there are no blossoms. I can't get a cucurbit to survive past first leaf stage without using these products. The cuke beetles are so numerous that they will destroy a whole row of seedlings in less than 24 hours.
 

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While I resort to the big guns to get plants up and growing, I am seeing what I hope is some positive results with used coffee grounds. i have been sprinkling dry grounds on the center and around the base of plants. I think... perhaps hopeful thinking... that I am seeing positive results from this practice.
 

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While I resort to the big guns to get plants up and growing, I am seeing what I hope is some positive results with used coffee grounds. i have been sprinkling dry grounds on the center and around the base of plants. I think... perhaps hopeful thinking... that I am seeing positive results from this practice.
I used to incorporate spend coffee grounds into my garden soils. By doing so it raised the acidity level (pH) that I had to lower with lime. Sometimes you can love something to death, which is basically what I did. I suggest a PH test kit. Sample before doing any amendments, that way you at least know what your dealing with and which direction you should go.
 

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Cucumber beetles have been really bad around here for a few seasons. The last time I had them, I used Neem. That worked better than anything else I had tried.
Years ago, a guy on this forum (can't remember his name!!) suggested I use strong Dawn and water mixture for squash bugs. I wonder if this would work for you. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then hose off the plants really well so it doesn't die as well. Unfortunately, I don't remember anything mentioned about the ratio of Dawn/water. I never got around to using it as my squash plants were toast the next day.

Anyone else remember this?
 
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